Assessment of work-related muscle strain by using surface EMG during test contractions interposed between work periods of simulateted mushroom picking

Jun-Ya Ohashi, Anne Katrine Blangsted, Pernille Kofoed Nielsen, Kurt Jørgensen

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Surface electromyograms(EMG) during test contractions (TCs) were studied to assess the muscle strain in simulated mushroom picking. Additionally, the duration of the TC for the effective assessment was investigated. Nine female subjects performed standardized shoulder abduction and a stooped posture for one minute as TCs. Each experiment consisted of a 60-min rest, three work periods (W1-W3), a 30-min rest, and two work periods (W4 and W5) separated by a 30-min rest period. The duration of each work period was about 20 min. A total of 18 TCs was performed between the work periods and every 10 minutes in the rest periods. EMGs were recorded from the trapezius, infraspinatus, deltoid, and erector spinae muscles. The amplitude of EMG (AEMG) and mean power frequency (MPF) of EMG were calculated. Each TC was divided equally into three parts. Ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) in the neck, shoulder and low-back were reported during TCs. The work increased RPE of all the parts. AEMG and RPE were increased and MPF was decreased by W1, W2 and W3 in the neck and shoulder muscles. MPF of the erector spinae was increased by the work. The results were not affected by the duration of TCs and the parts during the TCs. AEMG and MPF fluctuated before W1 although the changes of RPE were small. Averaging several TCs was recommended to get stable results from TCs. EMG changes and appropriate TC conditions were discussed in relation to the adaptation in fatiguing contractions.

TidsskriftJournal of human ergology
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)57-68
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2010